Practical (3D) Printing

Although it is getting better a lot of articles about 3D printers and 3D printing concentrate on the tchotchke factory aspect or the high end metal printers and ignore the simple, utilitarian uses that are a much better example of the impact of this technology. The charging cradle for my…

A CNC Engraver Platform - Part 1

I have been looking for a way to simplify the creation of PCBs with a fairly high degree of accuracy - my series of posts about using a laser diode from a DVD/RW drive was an experiment to see if I could use that to expose copper on a…

Six Slot TwinTab Dock for Clixx.IO

Update 8 Nov 2013 The original version of this post had the holes for the TwinTab tabs placed incorrectly in the 3D printed case. This has now been corrected and the project archive and GitHub repository have been accordingly. I've been working closely with David Lyon preparing a new site…

Brisbane Makes Makercamp

Yesterday was the Brisbane Makes Makercamp at Hackerspace Brisbane and the culmination of the Make Anything competition I had entered. It was a very full day - the number of interesting people and interesting projects was incredible. The chance to talk with such a large group of like minded people…

The PiStation

Ever since I got a Raspberry Pi I wanted a small standalone case to put it in. There are any number of cases available already (simply search Thingiverse for a nice range of options) but each of them simply provided a case to protect the circuit board, what I was…

Autonomous Vehicle Platform

One of the longer term projects I'm working on is an autonomous robotic system, it will be using the Raspberry Pi as the main 'brains' of the system along with a homebrew motor controller board to deal directly with the electro-mechanical components. I had originally planned to print up the…

Parametric PCB Holder

Here is a simple, parametric, PCB holder that you can print out. I've added the object to Thingiverse so you can access it there as well as directly downloading the code from my Git repository. This design is useful in the prototyping stage where you have existing boards that you…

A Quick Progress Update

Wow, it's been a while since I last posted to the site. My intended posting schedule has been blown by a wide margin it seems so I'll be making an extra effort to get back on track. The next part of the PIC series (on Digital IO) is mostly complete,…